AAV News in Brief 24 June 2021

ÖAMTC, RotorSky, Etihad, Gazpromneft-Aero, TOPCAST

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Use this oneÖAMTC air rescue and RotorSky partner on training: ÖAMTC air rescue and RotorSky have signed a deal to partner on training. An essential safety factor in air rescue is the optimal support of the pilot by the Technical Crew Member during the different flight phases. For this reason, regular cockpit training will also be a legal requirement for Technical Crew Member at European level from 2022. “Even though we have been actively involving our Technical Crew Members in simulator training for several years, this new regulation will result in an increased training effort for us,” said Reinhard Kraxner, managing director of ÖAMTC Air Rescue. “That is why we are pleased that we have been able to attract RotorSky, one of the largest and most successful flight schools in Austria, as a cooperation partner for the training and further education of our pilots and flight rescuers.” Together, a training concept will be developed based on the new European guidelines, which will focus on day-to-day teamwork with constantly overlapping competences. “Both RotorSky and ÖAMTC Air Rescue have unique expertise in their respective fields,” says Christian Gruber, CEO of RotorSky. “It was therefore a logical step to combine our competencies to develop and implement top quality training solutions.

Etihad to commence service to Vienna: Etihad Airways will launch flights to Vienna this summer with. The service will operate twice weekly using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from 18 July 2021. The new service has been conveniently timed to arrive early morning in Vienna to provide travellers between the UAE and Austria an ideal weekend getaway. Travellers visiting Vienna will enjoy centuries old culture and breathtaking scenery. The Austrian capital has been consistently voted the world’s most liveable city. Austria is currently open to nationals and residents of Austria, residents of Schengen-member states and Switzerland, business travellers and students. To simplify the travel experience and provide additional peace of mind, Etihad recently launched Verified to Fly, allowing guests to validate their Covid-19 travel documents before arriving at the airport. Travellers who use Verified to Fly can enjoy fast track check-in at the airport by going to the dedicated Verified to Fly desk for a quicker and smoother experience. To use the Verified to Fly service, guests can sign-up by visiting Manage my Booking and will receive further information on how to submit their documents.

Gazpromneft-Aero expands to Birmingham: Gazpromneft-Aero, the aviation fuel operator of Gazprom Neft, has expanded its international sales network to 300 airports with the launch of refuelling at Birmingham Airport in the UK. The addition of Birmingham Airport where it served a Ural Airlines-operated cargo flight in in the UK takes its total of airports in Europe to 86 as the leading Russian aviation fuel operator continues to grow. In Q1 2021, Gazpromneft-Aero sold more than 22,000 tonnes of jet fuel when refuelling freighter and cargo-only passenger flights at foreign airports, exceeding the 2020 and 2019 results by 2.6 times and 3.8 times respectively. Gazpromneft-Aero already operates at all the major Russian and foreign airports serving over 260 air carriers, including Aeroflot, Ural Airlines, S7, Royal Flight, Volga Dnepr, and others. It provides services to Russian and foreign airlines abroad in cooperation with national fuel suppliers.

Newstead Brewing opens at Brisbane domestic terminal: An exclusive, refreshing ale and a Moreton Bay Bug roll will be on the menu for passengers travelling through Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal following the opening of Newstead Brewing Co. Airport Retail Enterprises (ARE) and Newstead Brewing Co partnered to open the brewery’s third venue as part of Brisbane Airport’s A$40 million redevelopment of the domestic terminal. The 300sqm taproom is one of the iconic food and beverage spaces in the Domestic Terminal and is fully fitted with 12 taps, which will showcase the brewery’s core range as well as limited release specials. Passengers will also be able to enjoy the Brisbane Airport exclusive beer, the newly created ‘Tailwind Ale’. The venue was scheduled to open last year but was delayed due to COVID. With today’s official opening, Newstead Brewing Co is now ready to welcome up to 120 guests with a new and exclusive menu just for Brisbane Airport passengers. The menu includes an elevated offering of pub-style classics such as Moreton Bay Bug rolls, chicken parmi, burgers and pizzas, as well as vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options.

TOPCAST teams up with Conidia Bioscience: Topcast Aviation Supplies (TOPCAST), a global leader in aircraft parts distribution and MRO services, has been appointed by Conidia Bioscience as an approved business and general Aviation (BA/GA) distributor within the Asia Pacific and Americas regions for its FUELSTAT Resinae Plus (FHR8-2) test kit, a rapid, on-site solution for the detection of microbiological contamination. Microbial contamination, commonly known as ‘Jet fuel fungus’, is a dangerous issue for all jet-fuel users, which could result in fuel level gauge malfunctions, fuel system clogging, fuel tank corrosion, and other potential issue issues. It is important than ever to detect contamination early to minimise unscheduled downtime, or unnecessary maintenance costs. FUELSTAT can reduce microbiological testing from days to minutes compared to more traditional methods, and as such aids swifter operational decision making.

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